Carrie DeKlyen was pregnant with her sixth child when she was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a malignant tumor that is known to be aggressive.
After she enrolled in a clinical trial at the University of Michigan, she was told that in order to have a chance at survival, she’d need to “terminate her pregnancy.”
Carrie’s sister-in-law, Sonya Nelson told People magazine:
“She didn’t want to do that.”
Carrie made the life-changing decision to forgo the clinical trial in order to save her unborn baby. She was very aware of the risks.
Her husband of 17 years, Nick DeKlyen, said that doctors told her:
“If you don’t terminate this baby, Carrie, you will die.”
“But it was Carrie’s decision and I said, ‘What do you want to do?’ She said, ‘We’re keeping it.'”
Carrie and Nick first met at church when they were children and have been together ever since. Nick described their love as “puppy love.” He said:
“We’re still very much in love, we’ve gone through stuff, of course, but you never quit on your wife … She’s my life.”
The couple has five kids together, with the sixth on the way. The DeKlyens have already decided that their unborn daughter will be named Life.Screenshot/GoFundMe
Carrie was diagnosed with glioblastoma after she went to the doctor for consistent and severe headaches, as well as regular bouts of vomiting. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, medics told her she had, at most, five more years to live.
After her decision to abstain from treatment, her prognosis dwindled to just a few months.
Without treatment, Carrie’s condition has severely diminished. Over the course of four months, she’s been through four major brain surgeries. She has also suffered a stroke, from which she has not yet awakened.Screenshot/GoFundMe
Nick and the children are trying to come to terms with her vegetative state and eventual passing. He said:
“She’s going to miss us, but she knows this life is so quick and we’ll see each other again in Heaven. Knowing that gives her hope and, I know it’s crazy, but I support her decision.”
However, despite his outward positivity, Nick acknowledges that he’s currently living his “worst nightmare.” The father even quit his full-time job in order to take care of Carrie and spend as much time with her as he can.
Every day, he tells her he loves her. There’s nothing he wants more than to bring his wife home.
Baby Life’s health is “excellent.” Doctors hope that Carrie survives the next seven weeks so that the baby can be delivered.
Now that Nick has stepped away from his vending business to tend to his wife, the family is under “financial stress.” They have set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.